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>> pelley: >> pelley: tonight, worse than hurricane sandy-- that's how the governor of pennsylvania describes damage to power systems from brutal winter weather. chip reid ckout. anna werner in texas on the snow's long reach. and john blackstone on a phenomenon that could snap california's drought. today, the t.s.a. band additional items for passengers headed to russia. bob orr on the olympic security alert. a medical warning for women on the risk of stroke. dr. jon lapook has new information. and as the beatles invasion turns 50, anthony mason gets back to where they once belonged. >> we landed, and it was all perfect. we were number one. and the kid loved us. and we loved the idea of being in america. i'd never been to america. i'd never been to am captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. they activated ice-force level one in dallas today, which launched a fleet of trucks to sand slippery roads. in this winter of strange and severe weather, even central texas got a rare snowfall. more than half a million homes and businesses are still without power in the northeast. the average low temperature in the continental u.s. today was 11 degrees, the lowest of the season. and in the west, there is a hopeful sign of a possible break in the historic drought. we have a series of reports on the severe weather, and first we're going to go to chip reid in pennsylvania where many folks are spending another night in the dark. chip. it is ice, hard, heavy ice. and that hard, heavy i >> reporter: they certainly are, scott.
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and here's what caused a lot of this problem. this may look like snow, but it's really not. it is ice, hard, heavy ice. and that hard, heavy ice stuck to the branches of trees, even big, healthy ones like this one, and brought them down, and when the trees came down, so did the power lines. in southeastern pennsylvania, thousands of power crews, some from as far away as arkansas, are working around the clock to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes. clarence and rosalyn watts of abington have been without power for two days. they are heading out of town to stay with friend. >> the hardest part of it is the cold, because it penetrates your bones. and you feel it from top to bottom. >> it's colder in here than outside. >> reporter: pennsylvania governor tom corbett. >> this storm is, in some respects, as bad or maybe even worse than hurricane sandy because with hurricane sandy it was during the summertime. the weather was warmer. the workers weren't dealing with ice and snow. >> reporter: at nearby villanova university classes were canceled. were canceled and some dorms
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were ice cold. freshman robert hart. >> the worst part of it was? >> definitely the freezing showers. it was the coldest shower i ever had. it was awful. >> reporter: and there is a warning tonight, scott, from health officials. they are urging people not to take gas grills or generators inside their homes because two dozen people have already been taken to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning. >> pelley: and freezing weather forecast for the weekend in the northeast and mid-atlantic. chip, thank you very much. anna werner followed the snow deep into the heart of texas. >> reporter: just an inch or so of snow fell in dallas, but it was enough to snarl the morning commute and cause more than 500 accidents. 70 trucks putting down a mixture of sand and salt struggled to keep roads free from ice. shalam hassan lives in the suburb of irving. >> it is pretty bad. i mean, this is texas and we're not supposed to have cold weather this long, and this cold. >> reporter: even houston saw a dusting of snow and sleet, and
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san antonio got these-- little snow pellets called graupel, forecasters tell us they're particles of snow that become encased in ice as they fall through the atmosphere. this latest wintry blast in texas has the state's largest power provider urging residents to reduce their electricity use through noon tomorrow. scott, freeze warnings have been posted for towns along the state's border with mexico. >> pelley: and they got five inches in the panhandle. anna, thank you very much. there was a small break today in california's record drought. the red on this map shows where drought is extreme, and the darkest area is even worse. they call that exceptional. john blackstone is in san francisco. >> reporter: for the first time >> reporter: for the first time in months, people in san francisco, needed their umbrellas. the rain caused problems during the morning commute for drivers unaccustomed to wet roads.
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at pebble beach, the annual pro am golf tournament was suspend because of rain. is the drought over? >> the drought is probably not over but it does look like a break. >> reporter: meteorology professor john monteverdi find encouragement in the long-term forecast for next winter, the possible return of el nino. models developed by predict a models developed by the scrips institution of oceanography predict add growing pool of warm water in the pacific ocean. that creates the el nino weather pattern that often means a wetter-than-normal california winter. but not always. >> there's no absolute way >> there's no absolute way of saying, yes, we're going to have el nino and, second, that means a lot of precipitation on the west coast. >> reporter: the near-term forecast is more certain, a lot of rain heading to northern california this weekend. the description of this is an atmospheric river. >> it looks a narrow tongue of water that sort of resembles an ocean current as it comes to the coast. >> reporter: the government's
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climate prediction center estimates there's a 49% chance of el nino developing later this year. that's a higher probability than normal, scott. but far from certain. >> pelley: all the latest on the weather on "cbs this morning" tomorrow. john, thanks very much. the cold weather in mauve-of-the-rest of the country has caused a shortage of natural gas for power plant in southern california. today, the operator of california's power grid asked customers to cut back on their use of electricity. and natural gas. today, the t.s.a. banned all liquids, gels, and powders from carry-on luggage on flights leaving the u.s. for russia and the winter olympics. bob orr has been talking to his sources today about the possible threat of terrorism there. >> reporter: the t.s.a. ban you mentioned on all carry-on liquids and gels, only affects a hand full of flights leave every day for russia but it underscores the larger concern behind the new terror alert. the u.s. government wednesday warned airlines worldwide that terrorists may attempt to smuggle explosives hidden inside
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tubes of toothpaste. foreign intelligence services traced chatter about the threat to the same caucusus-based terror group that has vowed to attack the sochi olympics. the potential attack, which some analysts say is unlikely, would involve terrorists sneaking explosives and other bomb parts past security and then assembling explosive devices while on board. it's not clear the terror group has the expertise to do that, but in 2004, russian-based terrorists did use female suicide bombers to take down two passenger planes. police in france and austria picked up a small number of chechen women with ties to that terror group but source tell us there's no hard evidence yet connecting them to any plot, scott. >> pelley: bob, thanks very much. it's just one day now before opening ceremonies. the olympic torch was carried through sochi today by among others, ban ki-moon, the u.n. secretary general. earlier ban told olympic officials games cannot allow any
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form of gender discrimination. he was referring to a russian law that restricts gay rights. there was a surprise in washington today that may mean the end of immigration reform. surprising, because last week, both parties were optimistic that the one thing that would pass this year would be enhancements to border security and a plan for 11 million illegal residents to work toward legal status. republican house speaker john boehner was among those most encouraged until today. here's nancy cordes. for reform fails, it will be the president's fault. >> listen, there's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws, and it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes. >> reporter: it was a surprising about-face for the republican
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leadership. just last week, house budget care, paul ryan, told scott pelley that immigration reform was one of the party's top priorities. >> pelley: what about immigration reform? any hope for that? >> i think there is hope for that. we intend to take the issue up here in the house. >> reporter: but that was before a three-day republican retreat in maryland where house members were luke warm about boehner's proposal to give the nation's 11 million undocumented workers the chance to gain legal status. new york democrat chuck schumer, whose bipartisan reform bill passed the senate seven months ago, said he's still optimistic the house will act. >> i would urge speaker boehner to keep working at it, to figure out-- it doesn't have to be exactly the way we did it, but to keep moving forward. >> reporter: but boehner acknowledged his caucus has been divided lately, and not just on immigration.
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>> you know, mother teresa is a saint now, but, you know, if the congress wanted to make her a saint and attach that to the debt ceiling, we probably couldn't get 218 republican votes. ( laughter ) >> reporter: there are a lot of republicans who just think the timing is wrong. they think that this issue will be a loser for them and divide the party in an election year, and that it will over-shadow their merge on obamacare which they think will be a political winner for them, scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes covering capitol hill. nancy, thank you very much. the removal of its chemical weapons. syria missed a deadline yesterday and has turned over less than 5% of its most- dangerous chemicals. last summer, the regime promised to give up the weapons to avoid a u.s. military strike after it attacked civilians with poison gas in two towns near damascus. 1400 civilian were killed. there were survivors, and margaret brennan met one of them
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in washington. >> so we started feeling dizzy. heba sewan is lucky to be alive. when a rocket filled with serran gas landed in her neighborhood, the wind carried most of the poison gas away from her apartment. do you still feel the effects of the chemicals? >> physically, no. but mentally and psychologically, yes. >> reporter: she rushed to a nearby field hospital. >> crowded with people on the floor, people trying to help, shouting, people running back and forth, and it was like-- i can't describe it. it's horror. their bodies start to make, like, something came out from their noses, from their ears. it's like blood was-- i don't know. and then we have to bury them all. >> reporter: the fumes left her temporarily blind.
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>> i couldn't see for a week, and i was like traumatized. i remember i wake up-- i sleep and wake up, sleep and wake up and ask how those people died. >> reporter: heba's fiance was killed by regime sniper on their wedding day. her father was arrested by assad's army over two years ago. her 17-year-old brother remains trapped in syria. what is it that the u.s. can do? what kind of help do you need? >> we need justice. >> reporter: heba wants the world to know that the suffering continues in her home town. she believes she survived that chemical attack in order to tell her story. and, scott, the western-backed syrian opposition paid her way here to the u.s. so that she can. >> pelley: that civil war in its third year. margaret, thanks very much. in a moment, we'll have a few
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heart association put out its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. strokes happen when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked or burst. they are the third leading cause of death in women, and dr. jon lapook has more. >> reporter: three years ago, sheryl o'connor, a registered nurse, became her own patient when she suddenly had trouble forming words. > feels funny." feels funny." i got up, and i went into the bathroom, did a quick neuroexam on myself. i said, okay, something's not working right. >> reporter: at age 49 she was diagnosed with a stroke. dr. andrew russman is a neurologist at the cleveland clinic. >> i think it's very important that we have a set of guidelines that raises awareness among women, especially women who dotáháraditionally think of themselves as at risk for stroke. >> reporter: for both sexes, risk factors include age, high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol. today's report outlined the unique risks women have, including gestational diabetes, use of birth control pills, especially for those who smoke, are hypertensive or have clotting problems.
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and high blood pressure during pregnancy, which can lead to a condition called pre-eclampsia. women with a history of pre- eclampsia have an increased risk for stroke even 30 years later and should be closely monitored. other factors that impact women more than men include an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, and severe headaches called migraines with aura. o'connor had a history of severe migraines. >> i just figured my migraine were because-- like they told me years ago, it was the hormones. so i didn't-- and i never would have equated it with a stroke, never. >> reporter: the guidelines suggest aggressive treatment of hypertension, especially during pregnancy, and when there are known risk factors, doctors should monitor those women closely and suggest lifestyle and medication interventions to lower the odds of getting a stroke. >> pelley: thank you, doctor. >> on wall street twitter stocks
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he didn't know anything about us and we certainly didn't know him. >> reporter: sullivan would bring john, paul, george, and ringo starr to america. >> one psychiatrist said you're nothing but four elvis presleys. >> it's not true! it's not true. ( laughter ). >> ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: an introduction... ( screaming ) >> reporter: that for ringo, the beatles and this country changed everything. ♪ well she was just 17 . >> it was like one of those magic moments. we land and it was all perfect. we were number one, and the kids loved us, and we loved the idea of being in america. i'd never been to america. ♪ well i say that something, i want to hold your hand ♪ >> reporter: "i want to hold your hand" would spend seven weeks at number one. only a few months earlier, the band had been unknown here. you weren't really sure how you were going to be received in america. >> no, we felt very insecure because in the summer, george
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came to america, george harrison, and he was going into record shops going, "have you got the beatles records?" and they were saying no. and when he came back, he says oh, it's going to be tough, you know, they don't know us over there. >> the beatles are great! >> reporter: but when beatelmania ignited in america, the sound was deafening. ( screaming ). how do you play over that? >> you just play, and as you know, later on, we didn't play because we-- we just couldn't get over it. you know, we were in stadiums now, and they were really loud. but that was part of the beatles and the audience. that was just how it was. >> reporter: how it was a half century ago. ringo and paul mccartney, the two surviving beatles, rarely play together. but they reunited for a concert to be broadcast on cbs this sunday to mark those 50 years. >> it does mean a lot that we're still out there doing what we love to do, and that's play, and it gives me the opportunity to play with paul. ♪ there are places i remember
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>> reporter: who knew 50 years ago how much it would mean just to see two beatles come together to again. ♪ some have gone and some remain ♪. >> anthony mason. >> cbs news. >> cbs news, los angeles. >> cut! >> pelley: you can see ringo and paul together again on that special that anthony mentioned. "the beatles, the night that changed america, a grammy salute." that's this sunday night at 8:00, 7:00 central, right here on cbs. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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mrs. linda marie macdonald is your realtime captioner. smacked by storm one as the second more powerful system makes a beeline for the bay area. and tonight, we are bracing for possible floods. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. we'll have more on those storms in just a minute but first, a story that you'll only see on kpix 5. "covered california" is shutting down a major portion of its website following our investigation of doctor shortages. julie watts has been on this story and is here with the exclusive. julie. >> reporter: we got word late this afternoon that "covered california" is shutting down a key part of the website because there are way too many mistakes about which doctors are accepting "covered california" patients. >> you would think that once you have the insurance that all you needed to do was find a
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list of doctors that accepted the plan. came to the realization a week later that not enough regular doctors are available. >> reporter: these are two who signed up for obama administration and discovered the doctors originally advertised as in network weren't actually accepting their insurance. >> this is something that the consumer is going to have to work out with the health carrier. >> reporter: earlier this week "covered california" told us talk to the insurers about the inaccuracies on its website. let me stop you. he did that anwe did that and anthem said oops, sorry, our bad they weren't ever contracted with us on the "covered california" plan. isn't it "covered california's" responsibility to ensure that your insurers are actually presenting accurate information on the "covered california" website? >> it really is not feasible for "covered california" or any entity for that matter to go through and check thousands upon thousands of doctors to make sure the information that they are providing is indeed accurate. >> reporter: but we checked a few


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